Contributed by Sandra Lowenstein
I’m getting ready to attend the IPBC 2013 event taking place June 9-11 at the Westin Waterfront, Boston – the home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox baseball team. This is an annual event, hosted by Intellectual Asset Magazine (IAM), rotating between Europe and North America. It’s a top notch affair, attracting tier one licensing executives and offering fantastic opportunities for networking – 600 attendees have signed up, and there is a total of 78 panelists for all of us to listen to.
This year the theme is “IP in hard times.” To quote:
…“the IP Business Congress (IPBC) will bring together the world’s leading corporate IP decision makers alongside investors, NPEs, aggregators and other intermediaries. They will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing IP leaders as they seek to build a global marketplace against the backdrop of difficult trading conditions and tightening budgets.”
As always, the programming is handpicked and of high quality – organized by Joff Wild, editor of the IAM. I’m looking forward to the opening plenary, “The changing face of the IP Market” because it blends the topics of IP value creation and investment. All of the sessions are panel discussions, giving plenty of opportunity for multiple points of view – no droning solo speakers reading scripts here!
New and different this year, Joff has introduced two debate style sessions, one held each afternoon. Julia Elvidge, our President, will moderate one of the debates that centers around the motion that Chief Intellectual Property Officers (CIPOs) can only be effective if they report to the CEO. Julia has quite a dynamic and energetic bunch to manage – Sandip Minhas, Microsoft, Arvin Patel, Rovi, Joe Cote, Navy Yard IP, and Erin-Michael Gill, MDB Capital.
Julia, along with Terry Ludlow, Chipworks CEO, were recently named in the IAM Strategy 300 – The World’s Leading IP Strategists 2013, as offering operating companies and other IP owners world-class advice on maximising the value of their intellectual property. Copies of this year’s directory will be launched at the conference.
IPBC would not be complete without the gala dinner taking place Monday evening at the elegant Fairmont Hotel, Copley Plaza. This is a thoughtful location. The conference hotel will give us a sense of the waterfront, while the gala dinner gives us a chance to experience Boston downtown, never mind the legendary Oak Long bar.
If you are planning to attend, come by, say hello, and pick up your Rawlings baseball – booth #15.